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PARTY TIME: Jasmine and Idris Elba

MARCH REALLY is a month for fun. It’s as if all the end of year cobwebs and early New Year depression have finally cleared, the daffodils are blossoming and the fabulous soirees are back in full effect! On Friday I dragged some friends down to northwest London’s Kilburn High Street where The Wire and Luther star, actor Idris Elba has a DJ residency for a few weeks. The club is called Love & Liquor and really is as good if not better than most West End clubs. Idris was joined on the decks for one night only by my mate DJ Trevor Nelson who I had gone to the club with (thanks Trev). Between them both they threw down a wide selection of classic old skool bangers both big and niche that had the crowd jumping up and down all night. The VIP was heaving with ladies trying to catch Idris’ eye but as ever he was the consummate professional and kept it moving. I have known Idris since he was a raver back in the day standing in the corner of parties nodding his head passionately engrossed in the music. I’m embarrassed to say that a few years ago at a Jazz Café event when he came over to say hello, his cap was pulled so far over his head that I smiled, nodded and moved on quickly not recognising him. Weeks later he was a superstar. The most fascinating thing about him really is that he remains as humble as he’s always been. On Friday at the club I could see that on the other side of the VIP he was chatting to people so I didn’t want to interrupt him. However well you know artists there’s always a teeny tiny part of you that thinks they might not remember you – silly but true! I stayed put and was chatting to my mates when he came over and interrupted us and to say hi to me and we caught up. Many artists have way too much pride to do that. Just shows how absolutely real this man is. You can take the boy out of hackney but you can’t take the hackney realness outta him.

He laughed humbly when I congratulated him on his continued career success and sex symbol status pointing to his beard saying ‘’I don’t know about that Jas-look at my white speckles of hair in my beard –I’m getting old’’

Asking about his side line music career and passion he revealed ‘’I have to focus on the main job of the screen stuff and dabble in my music where and when I can’’

Meanwhile Trevor was very merry. In fact more merry than I’ve seen him in a long time. He was deejaying, dancing up a storm in the VIP, trying to remain professional as Jamaican girls were winding up on him in a very sexual manner- go uncle Trev! LOL!

shout out to the main man that runs the night-Clement!

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LADIES LUNCH: (L-R) Jess, Baby, Jodie, Nadia, Jas, Rozan

THEN CAME a Saturday afternoon ladies power lunch with PR mavens Rozan Ahmed and Jodie Dalmeda, Colour Blind Cards founder Jessica Huie and her baby, and Nadia El Kholti. We all met at the Rum Shop just off Portobello Rd and took over half the venue with food, noise, baby escapades and laughter! We debated so much and so loudly that we had to have a rule in place which involved us holding a white table napkin in order to speak and make ourselves heard!

NEXT I had lunch with an old friend. Back when we were all raving at Subterania and Hanover Grand nightclubs, a young man named Lonyo Engele was a DJ, MC (known back then as Comme Ci Comme Ca ), and artist that sang a catchy summer hit called Summer Of Love. Last year he cut his teeth in the acting world playing the lead in a film titled David Is Dying for which he won numerous acting accolades and awards. This year he’s stepped up a level by being cast in a screen adaptation of the bible aptly titled The Bible, which is getting rave reviews and humongous ratings in the states. More on that next week too!

THE next evening I enjoyed a catch up with my fellow Ladies Talk TV cast (Angie Le Mar, Jackie Michaels, Jacquie Joseph and Bonnie Greer) in Soho. Currently the show is in between series but we’ll be back in a few weeks - look out for the bigger, new and improved series! I love staying busy! My tip for life is acquire great friendships, nurture them, make them a part of your extending business network for brainstorming and have as much social fun as possible with them. The harder you work on your friendships, the better your business goes. Sounds strange but believe me it’s the truth!

Jasmine Dotiwala is a TV producer, director and broadcast journalist. Email her at Jasmine@hiphop.com and follow her on Twitter @Jasminedotiwala

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